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Discovery Research K-12  (DRK-12)


Name Email Phone Room
Inquiries can  be made to DRLDRK12@nsf.gov (703)292-8620   
David  Campbell dcampbel@nsf.gov (703) 292-5093   
Julia  Clark jclark@nsf.gov (703) 292-5119   
Michael  Ford miford@nsf.gov (703) 292-5153   
David  L. Haury dhaury@nsf.gov (703) 292-5102   
Margret  Hjalmarson mhjalmar@nsf.gov (703) 292-4313   
Karen  King kking@nsf.gov (703) 292-5124   
Rebecca  Kruse rkruse@nsf.gov (703) 292-4211   
Julio  Lopez-Ferrao jlopezfe@nsf.gov (703) 292-5183   
Helen  T. Martin htmartin@nsf.gov (703)292-8620   
Joseph  Reed jreed@nsf.gov (703) 292-5187   
Ferdinand  Rivera frivera@nsf.gov (703) 292-4960   
Robert  Russell rlrussel@nsf.gov (703) 292-2995   
Elizabeth  VanderPutten evanderp@nsf.gov (703) 292-5147   


Solicitation  13-601

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 15-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after December 26, 2014. The PAPPG is consistent with, and, implements the new Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR 200). Please be advised that the guidelines contained in NSF 15-1 apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of innovative resources, models and tools (RMTs). Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of pre-K 12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has four major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; (3) Teaching; and (4) Implementation Research.  The program recognizes that there is some overlap among the strands. Proposals may address more than one strand. For example, projects in the Learning Strand may also include assessments of student learning, and/or support for teachers and plans for larger dissemination and use. Likewise, the Teaching Strand has a specific focus on RMTs for teacher education and professional development, but these are often based on a particular curriculum or set of instructional materials or tools. The Implementation Research strand that replaces the Scale-up strand in the previous solicitation might potentially address any or a combination of the other three strands. The program supports three types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Full Design and Development, and (3) Conferences, Workshops, and Syntheses.  All three types of projects apply to each of the four DRK-12 strands.


A searchable database of the DR K-12 portfolio is available at www.cadrek12.org.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program



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